Senegalese Music Star Youssou N’Dour to Run For President
Senegal musician Youssou N’Dour has announced that he’ll be running for President of the West African country.
Speaking with Reuters, N’dour stated,
“For over 15 years I have heard this buzz going about for me. An overwhelming majority of the Senegalese people have asked Youssou N’Dour to run as president … I said ‘yes’ and I agreed to be a candidate.”
The 52-year-old N’dour announced his plan to run in a February 26 election on Monday. A successful businessman with his own newspaper, television and radio channel, N’Dour already leads a grassroots citizen movement and has long been a conduit for criticism of incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade, who wants to extend his 11-year rule.
This seems to be a new trend as many musicians have the hearts and speak for the people. Just last year musician Michel Martelly was elected President of Haiti and backed by Fugees’ member Pras Michel. Fellow Fugee Wyclef Jean was also in the running for a minute to become President of Haiti.
Watch the clip of N’dour’s announcement and what are your thoughts on musicians running to be Heads of States????